Chili is great because its one of those things you don't really need a recipe for. I did want a little guidance on spices so I looked up a recipe on allrecipes and this is the one I referenced. It also inspired me to add celery, something I never thought of before. Adam and I participate in a food co-op every couple of week and so I had a ton of vegetables needing to be used up and I just started throwing stuff in.
|And it looked like all the colors of the rainbow, hence the name|
|All mixed together and cooking|
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced (I don't know what kind I used. It was from the co-op last summer when I cut and froze them. I do know it was spicy but not a jalapeno. You could use a jalapeno though, if you like that amount of heat)
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cans beans, drained and rinsed (I used one can small red and one can black)
2 cans tomatoes (I used one can of crushed and one can of diced. I knew the other vegetables would give plenty of chunkiness so I wanted to reduce that a little by using some crushed)
2-3 T chili powder
1 t cumin
2 t oregano
salt and pepper to taste
I cooked all the veg in a little bit of olive oil and salt until they were soft. Then I added my beans, tomatoes and seasoning. I stirred it all together and let it simmer on low for an hour. Right before we went trick-or-treating (we ate after because Olivia is so small we wanted her to get out before the big kids) I turned it off but left it on the hot burner (electric stove, which I hate, but was good in this situation) for kind of a slow cooker effect. It was still really hot when we got home an hour later.
(No pic of the finished chili. I think you have all seen chili before. . . )
And here we are after trick-or-treating.
|Blogger Barbie, Lady Bug and Billy Idol|
Olivia got really into it and so we didn't stop at three houses, we did probably 15 or so. She learned to say trick-or-treat when she knocked on the door but of course refused to do it any of the times I tried to video her.
I was Blogger Barbie. You can tell by my colored denim, fall boots, cardigan, red lips and top knot. Of course I'm Barbie so I had to go with blue eyeliner and purple shadow. No one asked if I was dressed up (probably because they are my real clothes and my real hair) and so I guess they just assume I wear blue eyeliner during the week.
Adam was Billy Idol, a blast from our past four years ago.
Hope you guys had a great Halloween as well!!